Simi Valley Republican Values Center to close, reopening plans to come

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Four area women have launched the for-profit Center for Republican Values LLC.

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A year after it opened, the Republican Values Center in Simi Valley is closing, but plans to resurrect itself as American Values Central.

The for-profit business center will shutter Monday because its landlord won’t renew its lease for the 3,600-square-foot space it occupies at 2878 Cochran St. in a shopping center, the group’s president, Patricia Saraceno, said Friday.

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The for-profit Republican Values Center opened in Simi Valley in November 2019. The center offered a gathering place for conservatives and leased space to vendors ranging from sellers of Trump memorabilia to a political action committee. (Photo: TOM KISKEN/THE STAR)

“The closure of the RVC isn’t necessarily by choice,” said Saraceno, of Simi Valley, one of the center’s founders. “It’s because we couldn’t get our lease renewed.”

The center opened in November 2019 to

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Short North shops hoping Black Friday, Small Business Saturday bring shoppers

COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Small business owners in central Ohio have been sitting on the edge of their seats for months now, waiting to see what the holiday shopping season will bring.

Between Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, these stores do a significant amount of their annual business, but they are worried they won’t see success like in previous years.

Normally, the Short North would be bustling, restaurants packed and shopping bags on everyone’s arm. But this year doesn’t quite look that way.

Even though the foot traffic isn’t there, that doesn’t mean local businesses aren’t seeing sales.

People like Jamie Wagers said despite COVID-19 concerns, they would rather visit local stores than shop online.

“I still like to try things on, so I still found myself shopping in store also,” Wagers said.

But clearly it isn’t everyone that feels comfortable following her

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Here are some central Pa. stores you can help support

Today is Small Business Saturday, the annual shopping event created by American Express to encourage customers to spend money at local stores instead of or in addition to the big name retailers this holiday season.

Last year, an estimated 110 million people participated in the event, and sales hit an estimated $19.6 billion in reported spending, according to the 2019 Small Business Saturday Consumer Insights Survey.

We’ve compiled a list below of some of the small businesses in central Pennsylvania that will be open and participating in today’s event. In addition, stores in York, Lebanon and Hummelstown are holding their own special Small Business Saturday functions.

READ MORE: Here are more than 100 central Pa. retailers that will be open on Small Business Saturday

Happy shopping!

Alliance Computers

5520 Derry St., Swatara Township, and 1201 Market St., Lemoyne

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

American Artisan Gallery

35 N. Hanover St.,

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Small business owners hope customers shop local this holiday season

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Many small business owners plan to have extended hours this weekend as customers start their holiday shopping.

Shoreline Sugars Boutique is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

The boutique started in 20`16 as a mother-daughter collaboration.

“We sell women’s clothing fashion, accessories, gifts and fun things that you can’t find anywhere else. We try to stay unique,” said co-owner Mary Clark.

Mary Clark, co-owner of Shoreline Sugars Boutique, said online sales kept them going during the pandemic.

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They relocated their store from Apollo Beach to St. Pete’s Central Avenue in August.

“It was so scary, but we were like this is it. It’s now or never like fail or fly. It’s going to happen so we worked hard, late nights and took a big risk,” said Clark.

Clark said Small Business Saturday is her favorite day of the

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Scottsdale gym refuses to close after state order

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State health officials have ordered Self Made Training Facility in Scottsdale to close for violating rules aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19, but owner Jeffrey Mahaffey says he is keeping the business open.

Mahaffey said he has been cited dozens of times by Scottsdale police since summer for disobeying the governor’s executive orders. Now, he refuses to comply with the state order, which he says is overreaching.

He said he tore down the closure notice that the Arizona Department of Health Services hung in his gym’s window on Wednesday, and he won’t stop doing business even if the state tries to padlock his doors.

“They can try,” Mahaffey told The Arizona Republic on Friday. “I’ll just take the doors off the hinges if that’s the case … I will not close my business.”

State health officials ordered his gym to

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Shoppers encouraged to shop local for Small Business Saturday

If you missed out on Black Friday shopping, be sure to check out local stores tomorrow for Small Business Saturday.

Small Business Saturday is a nationwide initiative that encourages shoppers to buy products from small, independently owned businesses. Shoppers in Madison can find dozens of small businesses downtown or among the more than 60 independently owned business on Monroe Street.

Organizers say many small businesses in Madison have had a very challenging year due to the pandemic and looting.

“Many of our businesses have gotten tenacious, creative. They have websites. They can take orders through their social media. They’ve got Instagram accounts highlighting all of their products,” Executive Director of Madison’s Central Business Improvement District Tiffany Kenney said. “It is so important that you think about the local business first and then figure out how to connect

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Main Street Skowhegan extends Small Business Saturday to Dec. 5

In a photo of Christmas past, James Albert, left center, rings up customers at the River Roads Artisans Gallery in Skowhegan on Small Business Saturday last year. In 2020 merchants are stretching Small Business Saturday from Nov. 28 to Dec. 5. Michael G. Seamans/Morning Sentinel file

Main Street Skowhegan has partnered with a handful of local businesses to create #ShopSmall Week, an event that offers shoppers incentives for supporting small businesses in the area.

From Saturday, Nov. 28 to Dec. 5, shoppers can receive a variety of discounts from the 49 participating shops and restaurants in the Skowhegan area.

Every time a shopper makes a purchase at a business, they can fill out a raffle ticket for a drawing of two $100 gift cards and two $50 gift cards. Raffle winners will be selected at the end of the week, and the gift cards can be used at any local

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Central Indiana business owners make changes in anticipation of Small Business Saturday during pandemic – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana Weather

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Owners of small business across central Indiana hope you’ll “shop small” with them on Saturday.

Things will be a little bit different for Small Business Saturday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Small Business Administration says small businesses need support now more than ever, as they navigate and pivot the effects of pandemic.

Chef Tia & Co. is a small restaurant with big flavors on the city’s west side. Tia Harrison owns the place, and said having people in the seats simply eating a meal this weekend would mean a lot.

“My livelihood. What I do. What I love. It pretty much means everything, it’s what keeps me open. It’s what keeps me able to pay my employees,” said Harrison.

Harrison and her employees are getting ready for Small Business Saturday.

Her restaurant has done well during the pandemic, and she wants to keep that momentum

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Central Valley returns to PIAA championship against Wyomissing

Bill Allmann
 |  Times Sports Correspondent

CENTER TWP. — The Central Valley High School football team is hoping the Lost & Found at Hersheypark Stadium wasn’t affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 

They left something there last December and they’re coming back to get it.  

They’ll be visiting Hersheypark Stadium Friday, playing Wyomissing at 3:30 p.m. for the PIAA Class 3A Championship – a championship that slipped away last season as Wyoming Area came from behind to win a 21-14 thriller. 

“The team is looking at it as an opportunity to capture something, something they left there last year,” said head coach Mark Lyons. “Really, we’ve never discussed it as a group, it’s been unwritten – the elephant in the room so to speak. 

“It’s not been a rallying cry, we didn’t have T-shirts printed with a slogan or anything like that. But we’ve all known it’s the goal.” 

The Warriors,

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